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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gratitude - PTU animated tut


Tube - I've used a great tube by DiHalem, "Native American" which can be d/l'ed at S&Co HERE  
Scrap Kit - The perfect match for this tube is from Bibi's Collection, also "Native American" which can be d/l'ed HERE.  This kit has everything you could of for a Native American or a Western tag in it's 131 elements and 10 lush papers.
Filters - Eye Candy 4000 Jiggle and (optional) Eye Candy 3.1 DropShadow
Font -  I've used Al Afternoon Delight
Supplies - Download HERE - includes a great mask from Kylie - KyLie_Mask183, and the Gratitude quote I found. Put the mask in your masks folder.

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Tutorial abbreviations: 
s/sa/fl/defl/ = Selections/Select All/Float/Defloat
c/p = copy & paste
d/s = drop shadow
f/f = flood fill
A/S = Animation Shop
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Throughout the tut I used EyeCandy dropshadow of distance - 3, blur - 6, opacity - 30 with color #260c02, except where noted.

1. Open a new image 700 x 650, f/f with white. You can r/s or crop later if desired.  Open paper 1 and r/s to 700 x 700, c/p as a new layer onto your working canvas. Move it down until you start to see white at the top, then grab your crop tool and snap crop it to fit.  Find KyLie_Mask183 and apply, merge group. Duplicate this layer.

2. Open elems 57, r/s 82% and c/p as a new layer.  Open paper 7 and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer and drop below the frame in your layer palette.  Arrange it so you see alot of sky inside the frame. Tap inside the frame with your magic wand and expand the selection 5 pixels, invert and tap delete.  Select none. Add a d/s to the frame.

3. Open elems 3, r/s 50% and then 25%. C/p as a new layer above the frame in your layer palette.  We want to have just the waterfall cascading over the side of the frame, so grab your freeform selections tool and trace around the frame sections that are behind the rocks.  You should have something like this:

Once done, highlight your frame layer and promote selection to layer, select none. Bring the promoted layer above the rocks in your layer palette. 

4. Open elem 72 & elem 130.  Copy 72 and paste as a new layer onto elem 130, merge visible.  R/s 50% and then 25%, mirror.  C/p as a new layer moving down on your tag to the bottom of the frame.  In your layer palette move it to just above your white layer.  Grab your push brush and give it these settings:

Gently push down the very bottom on the waterfall into the pool of water, as so:


When done, take your clone brush with the same settings and tap a few spots around the area you just pushed so it doesn't look so smooth.  Do not add a d/s to this layer.

5. Open your main tube and r/s as needed.  C/p it as a new layer and move it to the far right, but let it overlap the rocks layer a bit.  Add a d/s to you tube of direction - 344, distance - 3, blur - 6, opacity - 30. 

6. Now we'll place the rest of our elements, refer to my tag as needed...
:::Open elem 24 and r/s 50% and then 25%.  C/p as a new layer and move it down and tuck it behind your tube a bit.
:::Open elem 98 and r/s 50%, mirror.  C/p as a new layer just below your tube, tuck it behind the tube as well.
:::Open elem 23 and r/s 50%.  C/p as a new layer below the wolf layer. Tuck it behind your wolf a bit.
:::Open elem94, c/p as a new layer and move it down so it hangs below your pond, rocks and tube layers.  Move it down in your layer palette all the way to the bottom. Grab your pick tool and stretch out the nodes if you want to make it thicker or wider. No d/s
:::Open elem 2 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer just above your mask layer and move it to the far left of your tag. Repeat the same d/s you gave your tube. Duplicate and r/s this one 80%. Move it below the first tree in you layer palette and tuck it behind it, as if it's further back in the forest.
:::Highlight the top layer in your palette, and open elem 9. R/s 50% and c/p as a new layer moving it above the frame layer. Repeat the same d/s as above. Duplicate and r/s this one 75%. Move to the left a bit and above the first bird.
:::Open elem 7 and r/s 50% two times.  C/p as a new layer, move it to the far right of your frame and drop it below your tube in your palette.
:::Open elem 35 and r/s 75%. C/p as a new layer and move it to the far right, drop below the pottery layer.
:::Open elem 15 and r/s 50%. Rotate right 90 degrees and mirror, then c/p as a new layer to tuck behind the pottery as well. Duplicate it and mirror, moving it up a bit on the left side of the frame.
:::Open elem 123 and r/s 25%. C/p as a new layer to the left side of the frame covering the bottom of the berry elem you just placed.
:::Open the included Gratitude quote I gave you.  C/p as a new layer, move it to the far right and drop it down in your layer palette to just above the mask layer.
:::Open elem 10, mirror and r/s 50%. C/p as a new layer moving up slightly towards the top of the tags, over the birds.

7. R/s your tag if you desire now, all layers checked.  Add your artist's © info and your name. If you don't want to animate your tag, delete the white background and merge visible, save as a png file.

:::To Animate:::

8. Highlight the waterfall layer and rename this layer 10. Grab your magic wand set to 0 feather, and carefully trace around the waterfall and a bit where the waterfall hits the lake below:


Promote this selection to layer and duplicate it 2 more times. Rename these duplicated layers 11, 12, & 13. You should now have a total of 4 waterfalls, named 10 - 13.  Hide 11, 12, & 13 and once again highlight 10.  Go to EyeCandy4000's Jiggle with the following settings:


Unhide & highlight layer 11 and repeat Jiggle changing the Bubble Size to 11.  Hide layer 11, unhide & highlight 12 and repeat, changing the Bubble Size to 12. Hide layer 12, unhide & highlight layer 13 and repeat, changing the Bubble Size to 13.  Hide layer 13, unhide layer 10 and open Animation Shop.

9. In PSP copy merged, move to AS and paste as a new animation.  Go back to PSP & unhide layer 11, copy merged, move to AS and paste after current selection.  Back to PSP, hide layer 11 and unhide 12, copy merged and move to AS, paste after current selection.  Repeat with layer 13.

10. In AS you now have 4 frames. Go to animation and change the frame properties to 18, run your animation to be sure you like it and save as a gif file.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and would love to know what you
think of it in the comments below.


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